June 14, 2017 Subject:
or just listen to the whole show in a loop
this show sounds great with headphones. we're Deadheads, we've trained our ears to listen through the noise.
how wonderful that this recording exists for us now down the long years !!
October 24, 2016 Subject:
Excellent show, but it's hard to find a '68 show that's not excellent. The recording is really ragged, which accounts for the less-than-perfect rating.
March 16, 2016 Subject:
This is best version I've heard. I believe song running order should be Caution>Drumz>Caution>Feedback>Space> the 11> St. Steve, Alligator>Lovelight.
Somehow I guess long ago cassette sides A and B labeling got switched and nobody noticed. The "tell" is by listening to Feedback and then you hear unique "applause" signature at end. Next start Space and tell me that applause isn't same people/ audience clapping. So start with archive side B and then hear side A. It seems to make logical sense and really flows. Ninety minutes of joy.
Shout out to proud papa Bill Walton.
May 31, 2009 Subject:
Love this old stuff!!
I love this shit,but wish that the sound quality was a little better.I'm by no means a SBD snob!I listen to AUD's more than SBD's,if only for the reason that I have more in my collection,but would love to have a board of this show!!Anyway! The Eleven is smoking and from that into St. Stephen is a first for me! Forget the bad sound,grab your favorite set of headphones,and give this gem a listen! Thanx to all the tapers,uploaders,and the Archive for giving us access to all this wonderful music!! PEACE,OVE, & THE GRATEFUL goddamn DEAD!!!!!!!
April 1, 2009 Subject:
Early St. Stephen
This is one of the first St. Stephens: Deadbase says it is the third performance.
Sounds like they hadn’t worked it all out yet. It’s interesting to hear.
Interesting that this set starts and ends with feedback. Kind of a feedback sandwich. The feedback>Eleven>St. Stephen is a rare combination.
Alligator transitioning into Lovelight is also unusual. The Alligators is good, but it’s not an exceptional Lovelight, though, as it gets stuck in the middle.
Caution is great. The ending feedback seems to have form and structure, with a beginning and conclusion: a musical composition.
The audio is pretty bad terrible. Vocals are barely audible, with a lot of clipping.
Show 4, recording 1.
Check out the shows from February and March ’68 for excellent shows and audio.
Should this show get one star for the low quality sound? Absolutely understandable, but misses the point that this one show stands above all others of 68 for those that love StSt...The June versions of this song (assuming the two on the undated disks listed elsewhere are from sometime around this show) are simply unreal. Jerry's lead carries you throughout, and his voice alone, with some Phil Fill now and again, and the repetition of the last verse, all serve to set this one apart. Though the other recordings of this primal approach to the song are cleaner, Jerry is not on fire to the degree he is here. It almost makes you sad that the song morphed into the short fall version, prior to its elongation for the famed Fillmore stand of early 69.
What you can also note is that the starting feedback is some of the best they did (how often did they start a show with it? Anyone?). The segue into The Eleven is nice, and following the StSt (that comes AFTER the 11) we have an odd Alligator-->LLight sequence in which Jerry is once again blazing away (note the lead in LL post the first breakout after the initial verse; amazing!).
Sure, you really have to get past the low quality recording, but having spent much of the past two years in 68 material, I think it safe to say that this is one of the most important shows of the year, and the time you devote to it will be rewarded